Tour of Brotherhood - Thalruppawen Polruppawata

The Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation is responsible for Rehabilitating and Reintegrating misguided combatants who surrendered to the Government of Sri Lanka during the humanitarian operations in the North and East as productive citizens of the country.

In accordance with the vision of His Excellency the President, Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms headed by Hon Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera in active collaboration with Ministry of Youth affairs and Skills Development headed by Hon Minister Dullas Allahapperuma, 525 such ex-combatants undergoing rehabilitation in Vavuniya got this opportunity of visiting the South of Sri Lanka. The 4-day visit was an exposure to see for themselves places of interest in the South as well as interacting with young men and women in the south to exchange views.

Under the guidance of the Hon Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera and the Secretary Mr. A Disanayaka the program was conducted by the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Major General Chandana Rajaguru and Staff.

The group of beneficiaries left Omanthai for Kalutara by special train on 8th of September 2011 and accorded reception at Fort Railway Station organized by the Ministry and at Kalutara by Hon Reginald Cooray Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion. During the tour they were taken for Religious Rights to Hindu kovils in Galle, Matara, Akuressa and Vishnu Kovil in Devinuwara. They also participated in a musical extravaganza, Visit a tea factory, Cricket and football tournaments with the youth of South. The most importantly it provided a platform to engage in constructive dialogue and foster lasting and meaningful relationships with the youth of the South.

On the 11th they left for Katharagama and after the Holy bath in Manik Ganga they observed religious rights at Katharagama Devalaya, Sella Katharagama and Kiri Vihera. On the return Journey they visited Hambanthota Harbor and got a good understanding of the ongoing developing Programs in the South. After gaining much experience they returned to Vavuniya on 12th September 2011. The Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation glad to mention that it was a very successful tour and would wish to appreciate all those who made it possible.

This batch of 525 among another around 1000 beneficiaries are scheduled to be reintegrated into their families and society by the end of this month after successful completion of the Government’s Rehabilitation program.

In conclusion it was amply evident that the tour of the South helped the beneficiaries to dispel any grudges and misconceptions that may have being borne against those who hail from the South of Sri Lanka.